Former news anchor turned anti-lead-in-school-drinking-fountains-advocate Tamara Taggart is hoping to throw her hat into the ring in the upcoming federal election.
I have some BIG news. I’m seeking the @liberal_party nomination for Vancouver Kingsway. This is something I’m very excited about + so is my family. I want to use my voice in a positive way to make a difference. I hope you will support me. 🇨🇦 https://t.co/fZbemMz28z #TeamTrudeau pic.twitter.com/WrPedJe5R1— Tamara Taggart (@tamarataggart) December 11, 2018
It’s been eight months since Les Staff (yes, that’s his real name) cut Taggart and Mike Killeen from their anchor positions at CTV Vancouver, and in that time it has looked like Taggart has mostly been spending time with her family and sharpening her knives on Twitter.
Mostly speaking up on issues to do with the Vancouver School Board, she pulls no punches and has been a fierce advocate for the rights of kids in local schools. However, a position as a school trustee on the local board was seemingly too small of a challenge; she chose to try to do the near-impossible.
If she gets the nod to run (she will), a win in the actual election would mean dethroning the King of Kingswayton, NDP MP Don Davies, who has ruled the roost since 2008. He garnered nearly double the votes that Liberal candidates running against him in the last three elections received. He won’t lose.
While the former TV host has arguably made the cover of TV Week more times than Tony Parsons and has a ton of goodwill and name recognition on her side, that riding is orange, through and through.
And if THIS WILD REDDIT THREAD about her bid is any indication, what Taggart is truly in for is a royal thrashing in the public sphere from her detractors.
We could use more voices like Taggart’s in local politics. Here’s hoping she remains a participant in the conversations around VSB issues before and after this upcoming federal run.
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